I mentioned in my last post that I had some trouble getting our reservation confirmed prior to our arrival at the resort we were staying at for the first week of our trip. Thankfully, our check-in was smooth, and we were soon unpacked and ready to relax. We were very pleased with our condo unit, and Hope and Bryn were super excited about the bunk beds. I thought that was funny since they sleep in bunk beds all the time. I guess it’s the novelty of sleeping in bunk beds on vacation.
Apparently the Panama City Beach area had rain for the two weeks prior to our visit. In fact, one of the resort staff members said that they had over 20 inches in 72 hours last week. Some of the streets were closed due to flooding. It rained the first day we were here, but it’s been mostly sunny since then. We found a good church to attend on Sunday and spent some time at the pool relaxing that afternoon. It was overcast, but Shay and I were still able to take a walk on the beach. She wanted to enjoy it as long as possible since it was the last day she would be with us.
Monday we drove about 2 hours west to Pensacola. Shay is attending a two week music camp at Pensacola Christian College. She’s had a goal for several months to attend the camp and worked really hard on the piano this year. She received the highest score at a huge competition back in April and was awarded a scholarship. The scholarship didn’t cover the entire cost of music camp, but it was still a help. Shay is having a great time at camp. Her days are crammed full of music lessons and classes in hymn play, theory, music appreciation, performance, and chamber music. She’s in the choir as well and has two practices for that each day. She has been placed in a chamber duet and is also accompanying for a strings group. She’s preparing for a recital and concert at the end of camp. It’s exhausting, but she’s in her element and having a fantastic time. She’s also getting her first taste of college campus life. Good stuff.
My mom and I drove back to Panama City Beach with the little girls late Monday, and we’ve spent the last few days relaxing. I could get used to this.
I’m glad your check-in went so smoothly and hope you enjoy the rest of your time together. 🙂
And *wow* about your daughter and her gift/talent with music. It blesses me to hear this because it seems that very few parents are having their kids learn music these days. I can’t tell you how many churches we’ve been a part of that don’t have piano players.
Happy for you that you have a chance to unwind! It’s something we want to do before the summer is gone. Hope sounds like she is so gifted and is using that gift well. I know how proud you must be. It’s hard to believe how quickly they grow up and move on. Enjoy!
It sounds like you are having a wonderful time away from home! I *envy* Shay! I grew up connected to my piano and my dream was to go to music camp. I’m thrilled she can see her dream fulfilled. It will be exciting to see how God uses her music to bless her life – and the lives of others. You touched my heart this morning with your photos and words, dear friend. I’m so glad you and the girls have a beautiful place for a few days of rest.
Gorgeous view. One of these fine years I will make it to a real beach by the ocean!
Ahhh… time at the ocean. It always relaxes me.
I see the name Pensacola Christian College often as Megan’s school uses many of their worksheets. Congrats to Shay! Music takes many hours of practice.
Enjoy your trip!
YAY for your oldest girl doing the music camp thing!! And congrats on her piano competition! (i’m partial to pianists…i majored in it at RWC as an undergrad 🙂 )
I hope you continue to enjoy a relaxing time at the ocean…..ah….i can hear the surf now……:)
Ohhhh, those pictures are so dreamy! I could go for some R&R right now. LOL It’s so wonderful about Shay being awarded the music camp scholarship. I know she’ll have a wonderful time at PCC.
Valerie Basham says
I’m so glad you’re all having such a good time! 🙂